Slewfoot, Mama Tried-> High Time, Dupree's Diamond Blues, Me & My Uncle, Jam-> Casey Jones, Dire Wolf, Sitting On Top Of The World-> Big Boss Man, Dark Star-> Saint Stephen-> The Eleven-> Green Green Grass Of Home, It's All Over Now Baby Blue
"From Good Ole San Francisco, the Good Ole Grateful Dead". This is a very interesting tape, recorded as the band was moving from the Live/Dead sound to the Workingman's Dead sound. Note the C&W twang in Bob Weir's voice and the alternative arrangements in some familiar songs. According to Deadlists, Jerry plays pedal steel guitar on "Slewfoot" , on "Dire Wolf" (Weir on vocals!) and on "Green Grass". Deadlists also shows "The Eleven", but I've also seen this called "William Tell Jam". In any case, I didn't separate it out from "St. Stephen" with a track marker.
I digitized this from a cassette which, as represented to me, was made by Dick Latvala.
Apparently, the original recording of "Slewfoot" had the levels set too high for the first several seconds of the song. On the cassette, this portion didn't appear to be saturated, but did have higher levels than the rest of the tape. This portion was captured separately from the rest of the tape, then spliced together later. This explains the distorted sound at the beginning even though the average level is the same throughout. The rest of the song is in pretty good shape, but the subsequent songs sound much better.
There is some tape noise in "Dire Wolf", which is sung by Bob Weir. "Baby Blue" has an internal cut, plus it is clipped at the end.
There is plenty of room at the end of disc 1 for filler. I used the circulating 1-20-68 fragment, but there was insufficient space on this SHN disc to include it.
"Ode to a Hard Core Taper" is approx. 3 minutes of 'tween song stuff, none of which is very interesting. It ends with the first few seconds of "Dire Wolf" to make reconnection easier, if you are so inclined.
July 27, 2010 Subject:
back to the future?
listen to this beautiful dark star, which contains an organic and flowing jam with many themes touched upon (a la 1972) complete with hip hop beats from Billy K!
October 17, 2005 Subject:
OLD SCHOOL CJ!!!!
Man, DL this just for the Casey Jones alone! Crazy early version w/a long-ish lead-in instrumental and groovy slower jams in the middle...they're obviously still in the "working out" stages of this classic and it's a total blast to hear this infant version...it still rocks, just in a different way than the well-known faster versions of later years.
As stated already the Dire Wolf is also a must have for the Jerry steel pedal and Bobby vocals.
This is one of those "just when you think you've heard it all" shows...One star off only for some minor sound problems/anomalies but well worth the DL.
October 17, 2005 Subject:
Ah Children, Drugs aaah Bayyddd, don't use the drugs, MaraJEWahhna's Baayyd, MMMMKay : )
I think Mr Mackey would like this one, it's weird and trippy, and just plain old weird. That is if you are fully exposed to 1970's Dead and are now just stumbling onto this stuff. But consider this came first, it is great to hear how some of the softer material grew out of 60's acid-laced country.
Casey Jones: this is currently one of the youngest posted versions of the tune, Setlist shows the first one from 5/23/69. They work it out on stage, the opening is not set in stone, almost like stepping into the studio, ah infront of many many people. The beggining almost sounds like Jimmy Row with the paseing, Also reminds me of the fumbling first Sugar magnolia a year later, just in terms of it's hesitation. Don't worry the confidence grows, Oh Ya you knew that.
Dire Wolf: Bobby on vocals? guess it makes sense since he's the country player in the band (elpaso-Mexicali-ME A M Uncle). Or Maybe cause Jerry was on Steel Pedal. the playin sounds real good, Catch LLRain in Europe72 for more steal pedal magic. Can't hardly belive he didn't play this more with the dead, Guess I'll have to listen more to the New Riders. Think this is the remastered bonus on workingman's.
Baby Blue: Jerry seems to own this one, They played this in 67 and/or before much faster, Really like it in 72 to come where it's also faster, go figure! , Nice to see a Dylan influence this early. This is a great song to illustrate the growth of the band over the decade similar to Morning dew, from ruff and tumble to searching-sensitivity.
Duprees: strange to hear Workingmans dead with Axomoxa tunes, don't know why, but it's funky and wierd and nice here, maybe not as sweet, but adds to the erie atmosphere, the tune has a similar arangement as the Candy Man, just noticin.